This is a video response by Dr. Wesley Fryer to ideas and proposals shared at the Oklahoma Digital Learning Summit on Friday, April 20, 2012. This event was hosted by the Oklahoma State Department of Education. In addition to praising many of the ideas and proposals discussed by conference keynoters and sponsors, Dr. Fryer offers four specific suggestions for policy changes as Oklahoma moves forward with digital learning initiatives:

  1. Online testing isn’t the reason to go 1 to 1
  2. We need to SUPPORT and pay teachers in Oklahoma MORE
  3. We need to embrace BALANCED ASSESSMENT in Oklahoma schools (including digital portfolios, and reject high stakes testing)
  4. We must specifically address the challenges of POVERTY together

The video runs just over 30 minutes long.

The referenced video cautioning us to be mindful of “public education” and wary of the “gold rush” for online virtual charter schools is:

A Closer Look at Cyber Charter Schools: Ali Carr-Chellman @ TEDxPSU

The following posts by Wes from the digital learning summit are available:

Wes’ archived Tweets from this event (tagged “#DLsummit2012”) are also available via his Tweet Nest-powered archive.

James Deaton, Doug Levin, and Tom Vander Ark at #DLsummit2012

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